Akershus Castle (aka Akershus
Fortress or Akershus Festning in Norwegian) is a medieval castle
situated in Oslo, the capital of Norway.
Akershus Fortress History
The Akershus Fortress
was built in the late 1290s by King Håkon V to ward off attacks from the Norwegian nobleman,
Earl Alv Erlingsson of Sarpsborg. The fortress’s value came from its strategic location near
the sea, and it has survived numerous sieges, never being captured in active battle. However,
during the Second World War, occupying German forces captured the fortress (without a fight)
and used it as a prison and execution center.
However Akershus Castle was used as
a prison prior to WWII too. It housed many famous prisoners, including early Norwegian
The fortress houses a castle, church, the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum, a model of Christiania
(Oslo’s former name), and a prison museum. In addition, many members of the Norwegian royal
family are buried in the castle’s mausoleum.
The Akershus fortress has the status of a national
symbol because of its role as seat of the king and government and the many important and
dramatic historical events that have taken place here. The national importance is underlined by
the fact that the castle now used as government's premier entertainment venues and hosts the
Akershus Castle - Church
Akershus Castle Church is located in Akershus Castle, the top of the
fortress. The services here are open to the public. This small historic church in central Oslo
provides a beautiful and peaceful atmosphere.
The Armed Forces Museum at Akershus fortress shows
Norwegian military history from medieval times to the years after World War II. The Armed
Forces Museum's permanent exhibitions are well worth a visit. Here you can experience the
military history of Norway from the Middle Ages to the years after World War II. The museum has
many unique and exciting items and the visit is free! The Armed Forces Museum has its own
museum shop and a pleasant cafe where you can get cold dishes, cakes and a variety of
Norway's Resistance Museum offers an exhibition and archive / library
and is the country's leading institution about the Norwegian occupation. The museum is
the country's leading institution for the study of Norwegian occupation history. Here you can
wander through an exhibition that looks at several aspects of the resistance and daily life in
Norway during the Second World War.
Akershus Fortress - Visitor info
A visit to Akershus Castle is a journey through the
history of Norway from the 1300s to the present day.
Entrance to the castle is possible all year round, but because it is
still actively used, during some periods it is closed during working days. A ticket for an
adult costs 70 Norwegian krone (around $13 USD or 9 euros), student tickets cost 50 korona and
children’s tickets cost 30 korona. Audio-guides are included with admission.
Akershus Castle - Opening hours are as
→ Between 1st of September to 30th of April it is open on Saturday and
Sunday between 12:00 to 17:00.
→ Between the 1st of May and the 31st of August it is
open Monday to Saturday between 10:00 and 16:00 and on Sundays between 12:30 to 16:00 only.
Akershus Fortress Map&Location
Address: Akershus Slott, 0015 Oslo, Norway. Get help with
directions using the map provided
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